Dolphins in danger

Dolphins in danger

The illustrated talk will be given by Shanan Atkins, Marine Biologist who’s working towards her PhD at Wits University with Prof Neville Pillay.

Halting humpback dolphin deaths in the shark nets along our east coast is the topic of the next evening talk of the Modderfontein Conservation Society.

The talk will take place on Thursday, November 15, at 7.30pm, in the small hall at the Modderfontein Town Hall, 1 Casino Road.

The illustrated talk will be given by Shanan Atkins, Marine Biologist who’s working towards her PhD at Wits University with Prof Neville Pillay.

The humpback dolphin is an endangered species and is unintentionally caught in shark nets.  Shanan is looking at the issue as a human-wildlife conflict.  Her investigations have resulted in some ideas on how to improve their chances.  Current studies include identifying leverage points to solve this controversial conflict involving sharks and people and dolphins.

Asked how a landlocked marine biologist can undertake this field of study, Shanan is quick to point out that modern technology makes it possible to conduct marine investigations from all sorts of places, including Gauteng.

“Studying these little-known dolphins has yielded fascinating information, beautiful photographs and intriguing underwater sounds,” says Shanan.  “I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with the society.”

Visitors are welcome to attend the talk.  An entrance fee of R30 is charged to help cover expenses.  For more information, contact Robbie Vermont on 011 608 2693 or visit www.modderconserve.org.

* Main image: Endangered humpback dolphin on the east coast.

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